Various - Creepy Archives Volume 1 (4 stars)

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Creepy Archives Volume 1

(Dark Horse)

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Ten years after the proscriptive Comics Code Authority nailed shut the coffin on the very graphic and highly subversive 1950s EC horror comics line – Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, etc – publishing entrepreneur James Warren resuscitated the once diabolically popular genre with Creepy and its brother title Eerie. The seven or eight short strips in each issue of the black and white magazine format Creepy didn’t quite boast the same gruesome splendour as their predecessors, nor was the dissident spirit as sharp as the originals (despite the editorial vision of EC fan and comics legend Archie Goodwin). But they did imitate the gleefully macabre tone, and the artwork was uniformly outstanding. The brilliant work of Reed Crandall, Joe Orlando, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson et al is beautifully reproduced in this handsome hardcover edition, which collects the first five issues of Creepy in their entirety, including the ads – ‘100 feet of film from Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera for only $5.95!’

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